We are hoping you are still super excited about the wedding planning process, and that all is going smoothly for you as you organise the most perfect wedding imaginable. Maybe you’ve got one of those special wedding planning diaries and a folder bursting with brilliant little details and mood boards galore. Well done if you’ve even gotten as far as securing the dream venue, the dress to match and photographer to die for! But where are you at when it comes to the all important honeymoon?
It’s not just about the wedding, it’s about the marriage, and your honeymoon is that first glorious unforgettable phase. It’s your chance to allow your wedding to sink in whilst enjoying the holiday of a lifetime. Have we heaped a lot of expectation on it? Fear not, we’ll ensure your trip is every bit as good as that sounds, just be sure to take heed of our top 5 tips for organising the perfect honeymoon.
1. Plan with plenty of time
Whatever you do, don’t give yourself a stress headache by leaving it all to the last minute or trying to wing it. Take some time to think about the destination and type of honeymoon experience you are both after. The best time to be booking your trip is at least six months before! Remember when it’s booked, it’s there to be looked forward to. Until then, it’s another thing to plan. Get it out of the way early and you’ve got already something wonderful to bank on.
Just imagine being with your other half in this executive suite with your own private pool in the Boutique 5 Hotel and Spa, Greece, with all the time in the world to relax. The flawless architecture allows you to enjoy the crystal-clear blue sea horizon wherever you are. Knowing that you’ve got somewhere so glorious to head to after your nuptials will mean any time wedding planning teething problems hit you, just the thought of the honeymoon bliss ahead of you at the resort will instantly de-stress you!
2. Figure out what type of honeymoon you are after and where you want to go.
Your wedding is supposed to be all about you, but in reality everyone has family and other considerations they lean towards to varying degrees, whilst the honeymoon is something you can plan without having to think of anyone but yourselves. Don’t want to go for a typical honeymoon package? So don’t! Anything is possible, so do your research together and create your own trip of a lifetime. If that means including a bit of everything from luxe beach to crazy adventure experience, there really is nothing to stop you mixing it up. This is the one time to get to have your cake and eat it.
You can always consider a series of destinations, but if you’re lucky you can find one destination that gives you that perfect blend you’re after. If you’re seeking to combine relaxation and pampering with something more active for instance, why not try the Gili Lankanfushi? It’s quite possibly the most picturesque destination we’ve ever seen for a honeymoon, surrounded by white beaches and turquoise waters that are so beautiful they have to be seen to be believed. You can relax with a cocktail on your own little patch of this paradise, go for a casual dip, maybe do some snorkelling or scuba, even push the envelope and get some windsurfing in!
Alternatively, we cannot recommend Bali enough as a honeymoon destination. With something on offer for everyone, the adventurous types can keep themselves busy whilst the more easy going honeymooners can take it easy by the pool. For a hotel which exudes glamour, try the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. This elegant hotel boasts a perfect beachfront location, so that you and your new husband or wife can wake up to the calming sound of the sea and admire it from the comfort of your own private balcony. Later on in the day you can head up to the fabulous rooftop restaurant to make the most of the culinary delights on offer!
3. Think about what your resort offers for honeymooners.
Be specific about what you want. If you want to fly and flop and do the whole relaxing romantic moon experience, know that there are resorts and there are resorts. Do you fancy being on an island with natural beauty or prefer more of an urban adventure where you immerse yourself into the local culture? Do you want to be able to have the occasional escape from the haven that you are based in or would you rather remain there and take advantage of the activities on offer in the resort only?
Many resorts also have super helpful staff who can help you book a few surprises for your other half in advance as an amazing special touch. Of course you’ll want to research this sort of stuff to figure out which resort is right for you, but don’t forget it’s also a way of maxing out on the many wonderful things these incredible resorts have to offer. If you’re lucky some things can be booked after you’ve arrived, but sometimes availability is limited so think ahead and make sure you’re not left jealous of the Swiss couple you met at the bar who have got a range of amazing things lined up!
4. Think seasonal.
There are lots of great destinations that instantly conjure certain images in our heads, but are you absolutely sure that it will work out like that when you’re planning on being there? Depending on what time of year you go, you might find completely different weather, prices may vary massively, certain attractions may or may not be open, even things like the scenery and wildlife around you will differ.
Do your homework and reap the benefits, even things like public holidays can change your experience for better or worse. Also do not forget to check simple things like whether you need visas or vaccinations and always get insurance.
5. Time is of the essence.
If you don’t have a seriously extended period of time for your trip, before you plough ahead with booking your Fijian honeymoon make absolutely sure to factor in journey time and time zone plus the inevitable jet lag that comes with longer haul journeys. There are plenty of luxe honeymoons to be had a shorter trip from home, and the last thing you’ll want to do is feel like half the holiday has been spent righting yourself after a long hauler.
We absolutely love the idea of Rhodes and the Princess Adriana Resort & Spa which promises to make every day special, plus they promise to make your new beginning unique, memorable and above all truly romantic in five star fashion. You’ll likely need to factor in at least a solid day of rest with no set plans after lengthier travel times, and make reasonable allowance for your departure day and you can’t go wrong.
There you have it our top tips to help you plan your honeymoon perfectly. We are sure by baring them in mind you’ll organise the most spectacular trip of a lifetime! So that’s one more thing you can tick off your wedding planning list sharpish. Now it’s about time to send out the save the date cards and make your perfect wedding really happen!